As the new fiscal year dawns, legislative leaders continue to urge the Governor to release some $80 million in funds that were restricted for specific uses as part of the enacted FY 2017 state budget.
From AP reporting on the WTOP website:
The question of whether to spend the money is the latest sign of fiscal wrangling between the Republican governor and the Democrat-controlled legislature, though it’s a relatively small amount in the overall budget picture. Maryland’s general fund for the fiscal year starting Friday is about $17.1 billion. The state has a rainy day fund of about $1 billion, apart from the $80 million that Democrats set aside for the governor to approve.
Several county priorities rank among the prominent items on the “all or nothing” list — including school board funding for teacher pension costs, aging school building improvements, and public safety radio systems. In April, MACo sent a letter to Governor Hogan urging the funds’ release. (See the Conduit Street coverage)